I don't know an entrepreneur or small business owner who hasn't felt fear.
The key is to reframe it. How can you use it to your advantage?
Now take that fear and make it your fuel towards success!
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How much signal can you get out of a message when there is too much noise. Did I lose you? While signal to noise ratio is typically a electronic communications issue, signal to noise can also be a problem with communications. How many companies do you kno...
What Is. What Isn't
While we can applaud Uber for shaking up the private transportation industry (taxis for the most part), let's not mistake them for some kind egalitarian vision for the future. Even if it's providing for a pretty good living for its drivers now, what they really want is to get rid of the drivers with self driving cars.
Platforms that piggy-back off of the good will of "sharing", this feel good branding, are (as I posted earlier) sheep in wolves clothing. I'd rather know I am dealing with a wolf, than pretending I am supporting a sheep.
Uber, and other's like it, are just another way to funnel money to the top of the food chain.
When you’re looking down the barrel of a gun war is, indeed, the madness depicted by Seymour Chwast’s (http://goo.gl/LKhwxw) poster (http://goo.gl/4PjL7n). Yet, like every other facet of human behavior, war is also a human economic activity engaged in by rational beings who have an expectation of gain from the outcome that is sufficient to justify the risks involved.
My relatively clinical description notwithstanding, the reasons for war are not quite as straightforward as we may think. Consider that the debate of why badly misnamed “the war to end all wars” (http://goo.gl/vhmG9g) happened in the first place is still not over: http://goo.gl/RXiRmN. Analysis of that conflict that cost 17 million lives and forever changed the socioeconomic fabric shows that, beyond the supposed rational behavior of the agents involved there was a dimension that revolved around relationships, particularly those of the ruling class of the main protagonists.
The breakdown of relationships and decisions taken based upon asymmetric information or false perceptions seem highly irrational reasons for the initiation of conflicts that challenge the very existence of our civilization and yet, as an analysis of some major conflicts shows: http://goo.gl/6HpvSU, rationality is not what actually governs these decisions.
We’re not all brutes subject to emotionality. At least not all the time. An academic study into the causes of war that runs to over 30 pages (http://goo.gl/5vyG0b) shows the complexity of the issue, including the citing of the disconnect between those who are in a decision-making position from those they represent. Wars that happen for ideologies (the most convenient dressing for any conflict) continue to our days: http://goo.gl/jXvFd4.
To show the slippery slope of justification consider President Obama who penned once a rational, well-argued treatise against war: http://goo.gl/uGQIbB has, during his Administration, taken decisions that are governed by a pro-war mentality: http://goo.gl/vV0A1. There are many mechanisms at work here some of which kick-in at different stages and each has its own logic. What is evident however is that the path that takes us from heated rhetoric (and the attendant narrative that accompanies it) to the decision to go to war is one of ever shifting targets and arguments that become more and more personalized and to illustrate the point, an inside newsroom joke that was making the rounds in 1991 when the US decided to go to war against Iran (http://goo.gl/4hYQ1B) was that this would never have happened had Kuwait been the world’s no 1 cauliflower producer, instead of oil.
A brief look at the ancient world suggests that war is the outcome of our social instinct. The result of our grouping together: http://goo.gl/r8wMoS. There are certainly huge anomalies in acts of war. The extreme duress it produces appears to have the ability to make us rise to the occasion as journalist Sebastian Junger’s account of his own experiences, makes abundantly clear: https://goo.gl/XpD7w5.
The narratives that allow us to contemplate conflict continue to exert their own gravity on our consciousness: http://goo.gl/PGmY32 plus there are all those ‘fringe benefits’ (http://goo.gl/510maH) that have always been present in some form or other.
Rationality, perhaps, would take greater hold when we attempt to answer the question of why wars happen to children: http://goo.gl/f7gNd1 and Niki Walker’s book makes a lot of sense from that perspective.
Individually, we all feel that war is unwanted. That large-scale armed conflict must never happen again. We feel that as we progress we become more evolved and mature as a race and that the world is becoming more peaceful as a result. Not quite so argues Taleb (author of the Black Swan) who’s taken his statistician’s scalpel to the dark underbelly of our world to provide data that argues that our natures are inherently violent: https://goo.gl/rIS62f (yeah, the _Terminator 2 quote: https://goo.gl/ca5eXU).
Steven Pinker (whom Taleb is countering) presents a different picture underscoring, again, the complexity of the subject and the volatile nature of our personal circumstances that actually make conflict possible.
Taleb, might be right. Perhaps our behavior is locked within the predictions of algorithms and it takes only so many factors to create the instability that can drive us over the edge: a sense of fear (against drugs, terror, the unknown), a sense of loss of control (as the environment gets hotter and the planet becomes more hostile), a sense of hopelessness (as inequalities within our social constructs fail to give a sense of purpose to our lives). Then, war (on a large scale) might indeed seem to be a plausible option.
Or we might, just might, decide that the risks we now face are greater than ever before and can only be overcome if we band together. That the narratives that controlled us and the disconnect between us and our leaders, are now visible to us and we ask questions that require clear answers. What it would take for that to happen is a clearer understanding of the underlying causes driving our behavior and a conscious choice to act differently, and here’s the rub, taken collectively.
Less of a conflict, of course, is presented by the need to have rivers of coffee and mountains of donuts, panniers of croissants and stacks of chocolate cake on a Sunday. I hope you’ve made provisions. Have an awesome Sunday, wherever you are.
The Sunday Read Collection can be found here: https://goo.gl/qFWeXk
I am a department head in the Enterprise Shared Services sub-division of information technology at Vanguard. As the department head, I am responsbile for leading the the requirement and testing of solutions while leading the architecture team. In this role, I oversee solutions built for the rest of the IT organization including a large variety of systems including document management, workflow, search, web content management, messaging (SMS and email), social collaboration (SharePoint), enterprise social networks (ESN- Sitrion), corporate intranet, Enterprise 2.0, mobility, telephony, unified communications, lotus notes, and eMail systems.
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